Clelia clelia

Description: Mussuranas generally reach lengths of 6-7 feet as adults but some larger specimens have been reported up to 8 feet in length. As juveniles these snakes start out with a bright red coloration but as they mature their color fades to brown and the adults will end up having a slate black coloration over their entire body. These snakes tend to have a very slender body but are very strong for their size enabling them to overpower and prey on other snakes.

Range: Central and South America from Guatemala down to Argentina.


Wild: Mainly other snakes and occasionally small mammals, lizards, or frogs
Zoo: Rodents


Fun Fact: Mussuranas are able to eat highly venomous pit vipers because they are immune to the viper’s venom.